12 February 2016

All About Writing & Shapes

Students have been doing a wonderful job with "all about" writing. Students have been able to distinguish the difference between sharing facts or opinions.  During all about writing we are telling facts and information about a topic.  Students are able to choose their own topic and then write 3-4 facts about that topic.  It has been fun to learn some of the things students are "experts" in such as, tigers, their family, dancing, legos and dogs.
Also, at this point in the year we expect that students are able to leave spaces between words as they write. If you notice that your child is still writing words without leaving spaces, please take the time to explicitly discuss this with them.  Remind your child that after each word they can place their fingers down on the paper to remind them to leave a space.

This month we are on the look out for flat and solid shapes.  Students have had the opportunity to go on several "shape walks" around the school to look for circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, trapezoids, and hexagons.  We also have hunted for solid shapes, spheres, cylinders, cubes and cones.  Having your own shape walks at home is a fun way to practice identification of various shapes and also help your child realize that shapes are all around us!
Thank you to family members who have been sending postcards to our classes.  We have received many postcards from lots of different places.  Students enjoy finding the states (or countries!) on the map and reading a
little bit about that state.

10 February 2016

Valentine's Day

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Friday, February 12th.  Please plan on sending 25 Valentine's to school with your child on that day.  Remember to have your child write his/her name on each Valentine.  During that day we will be enjoying many activities such as making a friendship heart, listening to Valentine books, playing Valentine math games, using conversation hearts to read and create silly sentences, etc.

For more information click on the link to view the note which was sent home with your child.  Thank you!

Valentine Note

05 February 2016

Kindy 500

We had a wonderfully successful Kindy 500!  We had so much fun seeing all of the vehicles and going on parade for our parents and the school.  Thank you to all of the parents who helped students create vehicles and transport them to school.

We would like to thank all of the amazing parents who were able to help us in centers on this day.  We so appreciate your time and your dedication to making this event a success.

During our Kindy 500 we were able to "drive" to and learn about about some of our Nation's symbols.  Students were able to listen to the Statue of Liberty tell all about her history and read about the American Flag.  We also learned about Mount Rushmore and were able to draw our faces on our own Mount Rushmore.

 Students saw pictures of the White House and listened to our President of the United States talk about how important it is to stay in school and work hard.  Students learned about President Abraham Lincoln and then were able to examine pennies with magnifying glasses and complete penny rubbings.  We even played our own bells after learning about the Liberty Bell.  Students also talked about our nation's bird, the bald eagle and we discovered that it isn't really bald!

Please look at the fact cards that came home with your child and discuss the facts and all the experiences he/she had on this exciting day.

Thank you again to all who were able to help and thank you to all of you for providing a mode of transportation for your child!

02 February 2016

Don't Forget!


Our Kindy 500 day is coming up on Friday, February 5th.  We hope you are all preparing your vehicles to help us celebrate this day.  Remember that we will be moving our vehicles around the school from room to room so make sure your child is able to manipulate the vehicle without assistance.  During the Kindy 500 day we will be learning about our Nation's Symbols.  We are looking forward to a fun learning experience.

28 January 2016

Rhyming & Mapping

This month one of our core card skills is to be able to rhyme and generate rhyming words.  Please keep working on this skill with your child.  Here are a couple of activities you may want to try:

Active Reading Read stories with rhymes. Talk about the rhyming words and how they sound the same. Mention that they rhyme because the ends of the words sound the same. Recite the rhymes yourself, leaving off the rhyming word. Have the children fill in the missing word.
- For a list of books, go to: http://www.literatureforliterature.ecsd.net/rhyming_books.htm 

Mystery Objects
Place several small objects in a covered basket. The teacher reaches into
the basket and says, “It starts with /f/ and rhymes with ‘dish.’ The children raise their hands when they know what the mystery object is. The teacher continues to pull mystery objects out and give rhyming clues. As the children become more experienced, they may be able to give the clues to their peers.
       - hat (cat) - bear (hair)
       - mug (rug) - soap (rope)
       - key (bee) - candle (handle)
       - pen (hen) - frog (dog)


We are excited to have already received some post cards from various locations.  Thank you to those who have been able to have family and friends send those our way.  We will begin identifying the places on our maps.  We are looking at our globe and flat maps of the world and the United States to help us get a better idea of what maps are and how they help us.  Notice maps all around you as you visit places such as at the mall, zoo, or museum.  If you have a GPS system in your car you can show your child the map as you travel from place to place.

Kindy 500 will be on Friday, February 5th.  Please plan on having your child's vehicle ready for that day.

Look for a note about Valentine's Day coming home at the beginning of next month.  This note will tell you and your child how to prepare for celebrating on February 12th.

22 January 2016

All About Writing

For the next few weeks we will be focusing on "all about" writing.  This is another type of nonfiction writing in which students will be able to express their expertise on a subject in writing.  Rather than writing in a story format we will learn how "all about" writing may have sections or chapters telling about specific parts of a subject and may even have a table of contents.  Students will brainstorm a list of topics they know about and then write the facts and information they know about that topic.  Help your child at home by discussing various topics (animals, plants, games, sports, etc.).  Have them list information about a topic they enjoy so that they will have some ideas to write about at school.  Also encourage your child to compose this type of writing at home.

Just a reminder that our Kindy 500 is coming up on February 5th.  Please make sure your child has a box prepared as some sort of transportation vehicle.  We are excited about this fun day!

14 January 2016

Teen Numbers & Story Structure

We have been using ten frames all year to help us develop number sense.  We are now extending the use of two ten frames to help us practice those difficult "teen" numbers (numbers 11-19).  By using two ten frames students can see one full ten frame that represents a group of ten and then another ten frame that represents "some ones".  In this picture they see a group of ten and 3 ones.  They can put the two together to know that a group of 10 and three more make 13.  Students are encouraged to look at patterns and ways to rearrange dots mentally on a ten frame to find out how many.  The visual representation of the ten frames helps students be able to organize objects into groups of 10s and making it easier to count higher numbers.

Continue working with your student on talking about the character, setting, problem and resolution in stories.  For the next several weeks we will be reading and learning about our own feelings, our families and our community.  We will be looking at books in which characters experience the same thing but have different feelings about the event.  We will also talk about how we would feel in the same situation.  You may want to discuss some of the feelings characters have in the books you read at home and talk with your child about how he/she would react if he/she were in the story.

For our phonemic awareness practice we will be focusing on blending and segmenting the phonemes in simple CVC words.  Please continue to practice this at home as well as identifying beginning/ending sounds and rhyming words.